Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Greatest Love of All--PART 5

Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.   

     --Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


Students of the  Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi asked him:

"Which is the superior service of God, loving Him or loving others?"

He replied: "Scripture is explicit: `I have loved you, says the Lord.' (Malachi 1:2) It follows that loving others is superior - for you love whom your beloved loves."


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